Laois Athletics Digest

Ballyfin AC

Ballyfin AC

Friendly Inter-Club Competition

A fantastic evening was had by all in the Annanough GAA Grounds in Vicarstown on Monday, August 13 for Day 3 of the Friendly Inter-Club Challenge.

Well done to all our athletes with some great performances and it was good to see so many participating despite the holiday season.

Ballyfin Results: In the U5 Girls Sprint, Áine Quinn came second and in the U5 Boys race it was the turn of Ballyfin’s Zach Maken who stormed home in 1st place with Jack Keenan in 3rd place. In the U8 Girls 60m race Lucy Goode finished in 3rd place and the 150m in the same age bracket she took 3rd place again. In the U10 Boys 80m Sean O’Rourke came home in 2nd place and he soon followed this up with a creditable 2nd place in the U10 Boys 300m. In the U12 Boys 600m Patrick Corcoran put in a great performance to finish in 3rd place.

The Relay Races were a big success and in the U8 Mixed Race Ballyfin came 2nd with Rebecca, Ellyn and Lucy. In the U12 Girls Ball Throw Ciara Phelan took 2nd place with a fine throw of 30.70.

Adult Training

Adult Training for all levels takes place every Sunday in Emo Court at 10.30am, with runners meeting up in the car park, and every Thursday evening at Emo Court at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome so why not dust off those trainers, come along and get active! More details on the Ballyfin AC Facebook page and why not post on the site if you are thinking of coming along and we will contact you.

Ballyroan Abbeyleix

& District AC

Juvenile Inter Club Track & Field Challenge

The third stage of the Juvenile Inter Club Track & Field Challenge took place in Vicarstown last Tuesday night. We could not have been luckier with the weather as the sun shone brightly on a warm balmy evening.

We had some great performances from all our young athletes and some great wins into the bargain. This challenge is all about participation, winning being a bonus.

Our relay teams were fantastic with the U/12 Mixed Relay team of Mary Kate Brennan, Adam Dunne, Niamh McDonald and Ryan Francis being clear winners. The U/14 Boys relay team of Cian McDonald, Lewis Churchouse, Josh Francis and Adam Dunne were also winners. Adrian Dunne came 3rd in the U/8 60m and he also threw 34.85m in the Ball Throw.

Adrians older brother Adam won the U12 Boys 100 m, came 2nd in the U12 600m and also finished 2nd in the Ball Throw with a mighty throw of 37.95m. Ryan Francis came 3rd in the U12 Boys 600m, was joint 2nd in the U12 100m and threw 33.80m in the Ball Throw.

Mary Kate Brennan has been a model of consistency and she came 4th in the U12 100m and 2nd in the U12 600m. Niamh McDonald came 3rd in both the U10 80m and U10 300m. Ava Churchouse and Faye McEvoy competed excellently in the U8 300m race for girls. The U14 100m saw Cian McDonald come 3rd and followed in 4th by Lewis Churchouse. The

U14 800m proved a different story however as both Cian’s and Lewis’s superior stamina over the longer distances saw them finish 1st and 2nd respectively. Aine McDonald won the U16 girls 800m. The U16 Boys 800m saw Josh Francis win a great race with Declan Foyle finish a good 3rd.

Josh double up by winning the Boys U16 100m with Declan coming second in the shorter sprint distance. Davin McEvoy also ran excellently.

Official results will be available in a couple of days. We congratulate all our young athletes for competing with such dedication and ability. We now look forward to next Thursday evenings action to be held on the soccer pitch in Rosenallis.

St Abbans Summer League

The club had 10 athletes athletes compete in stage 7 of the St Abbans summer league which was held in Graiguecullen on August 8th. Great credit must go to our friends St Abbans for organising such a great nights action. Our highest finisher on the night was the ever improving James Hamm from Ballinakill with a brilliant 13th place in a high quality field in an outstanding time of 13.47. Martin McDonald was close behind James in 14th place in a time of 13.54. Tom Dunne finished in 23rd in a time of 14.47. Grace McConnell had a fine run to finish 2nd lady in a great time of 15.15. Cian McDonald was 37th overall in a time of 15.35. Jean McEvoy finished in 66th in 17.13 with her sister Linda close behind in 72nd place with a time of 17.30.

Alice Fahy had a good run to finish 121st in a time of 20.34. Sinead Stone finished finished alongside Alice in 20.34. Catherine McDonald placed 125th in a time of 20.39. Well done to each athlete who took the Graiguecullen circuit in their stride.

Midlands Half Marathon

Ciaran Elster had a fine run to come 14th in the Midlands Half Marathon in Portlaoise last Sunday in 1.40.47. We congratulate Ciaran on his achievement.

National Community Games

The club would like to wish promising young runner Shaun Fitzpatrick the very best of luck next Sunday as he travels to Athlone to compete against Ireland’s best in the National Community Games finals.


There will be a group run in Cullenagh each Monday evening at 8pm.There is a tempo run on hills scheduled for 09.45 each Saturday morning at Oakvale Woods in Stradbally.

There will be a group training run for adults organised for each Sunday morning. Next sunday the run will begin at the Library in Abbeyleix at 9.30am. Distance can be varied depending on ones current endurance but the emphasis will be on an easy pace to suit everyone.

You can follow us on Facebook at BallyroanAbbeyleix Athletics Club.

Kilcavan Fun Run

Kilcavan Co Laois are holding a Fun Run/walk Friday, September 7 at 7pm in aid of our community hall. Registration from 6 pm. Entry €10. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female, spot prizes tooStarting at Church. Refreshments afterwards in St Marys hall. AAI Approved. Contact Joan Mc Evoy 087 2221355.

St Michaels AC

Race round up

St Michaels AC members competed in the Daingean 5k recently with prizes being won on the night by Sinead Eacrett 2nd O/35, Pippa Hackett 3rd O/35, Elaine Mullally 1st O/40. Well done also to mark Hackett, Sean Faherty, Clare Faherty and Stephen Hunter. Well done also to BB Weldon, Olivia Sheerin and Dermot Mangan who completed the Moone Kilomarathon recently.

TV to 10K Meet and Train group

The TV to 10K meet and train group continue to meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm in Emo Court. The group are currently completing week 7. Well done to all and thank you to the St Michaels members who are providing the training sessions, advice and training plans for the TV to 10k group.

Training & Membership

New members are always welcome to St Michaels AC. Training caters for all levels of fitness from beginners to advanced. Senior Training times Tuesday 7pm in Emo court. For updates on training schedules and membership of our club contact us via facebook or email:

Upcoming fixture

Sept 16th: King and Queens County 10k. Starts 11am at Portarlington GAA centre.

St Abban’s

Fit4Life Summer League Round Up

Round 8, the final leg of this year’s Fit4Life Summer League takes place this coming Wednesday evening (22nd ). Registration will be from 6.30pm in St Abban’s clubhouse at Monavea. This year has been the most successful league to date with the largest participation rate ever.

Now is the time to make your feelings known as to how we can improve the league further and what is required for the winter months. Thanks to all the areas that have facilitated the running of the league and to all the walkers, joggers and athletes who took part.

National League Finals

This weekend marks the climax of the track and field season. The National Masters championships are on in Tullamore on Saturday with the League finals on Sunday. The men are hoping for a top 5 placing in the premier division. This would be a great achievement and clearly place us as one of the top clubs in the country.

The ladies are hoping for a top two placing in division 1 and promotion to the premier division. In what is a young team hopefully when the dust settles in Tullamore we will be crowned league champions.


St Abban’s would like to congratulate all of it’s members on the great results achieved in the Leaving certificate. Taking this opportunity to wish everyone the very best in their new careers and to enjoy same.

New Season

Training resumes for all members and intending members who wish to get involved in the cross country season on Tuesday next 28th August commencing at 7.30pm. If you want to achieve a decent level of fitness this may be your time so why not come along to the track and give it a go over the next few months.

Activity Camp A Resounding Success

A happy crew involving 19 of the junior members saw a very satisfied younger brigade of 99 enjoy the club’s annual summer camp. This being Olympic year and with the excellent coverage afforded it, all enjoyed the camp experience. Special thanks to Jane Walsh, Bernard Graham and Pauline Lawlor for taking charge overall.